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Old 04-02-2004, 07:27 PM   #1
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Distribution: Mandrake 9.1
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need help finding wifi option in make menuconfig and cant get orinoco pcmcia working

i have looked everywhere and i cant find wifi options and what not

i have the pcmcia modules and orinoco modules loaded and even managed to setup iwconfig

# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

when i do lsmod

orinoco 37072 0 (unused)
hermes 7464 0 [orinoco]
pcmcia_core 57184 0 [ds yenta_socket]

that is all that is listed i dont know what im missing and why it wont work

i believe im going to have to accept the fact that i have to load in failsafe everytime if i want to use pcmcia i have full functionality in failsafe with exception fo card working but upon loading linux regular i get a kernel panic on pcmcia loading there is a lotta problems on conflicts with my laptop but X seems fine and everything else when i boot in failsafe

anyone who can help i appreciate it
Old 04-02-2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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Distribution: Redhat 9 - Linux 2.6.3
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What exactly are you having trouble with?

"It won't work", have you tried to ping a site.

See if ifconfig shows an eth0 device with an IP address.
Old 04-05-2004, 06:58 PM   #3
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I have posted this somewhere else on the forum. May be it helps.
If you basic problem is getting wireless to work. I would recommend the following 2 alternate procedures.

edit your file /etc/modules.conf
add the following line :

alias eth0 ornico_pci

Now I understand that you do not have Ocrnico wireless card, however this driver which comes inbuilt(in mandrake 9.2 atleast) is known to work with most of the wireless cards. It worked on my HP Pavillion ze5385 running Mandrake 9.2. Give it a shot and let me know if it worked.

If you have windows drivers working fine for your WLAN card, you can make them work on Linux too. There is a wrapper available which makes Windows drivers work in Linux. This can be downloaded from
This needs atleast kernel(2.4.25 or 2.6.4)


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